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Sewing Art onto Fabric | Meet Shivani from Darjeeling

Shivani Rai from Darjeeling, West Bengal is a fabric artist who sews, swoons, and sells personalised artwork online, making sure that she weaves quality into her products, giving her customers the satisfaction of creating exclusive and unique gifts. Are you one of those people who find it hard to buy the perfect gift for someone else? Or, are you looking for quirky, customised artefacts to personalise your office bay or that lonely corner in your home? Well, we have a solution for your problems – the adorable Shivani Rai, who weaves charm, insight, and love into all her creations. At Roots and Leisure, we are forever on the lookout for ‘unique’. So, when we had the chance to talk to this amazingly talented artist, we definitely weren’t going to pass it up! Read on for the interview below… Photo | Shivani Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Shivani Rai. I’m from Darjeeling, India and am currently based in Delhi. I make fabric art and sell it via my Instagram page – …

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Drawing the Lines: Debia Sarojini | Arunachal Pradesh

  An engineering student who believes that lines and structures can be drawn both in the technical and as well as the artistic world and who adds a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘Drawing the line.’– Meet the artist from Arunachal Pradesh, Debia Sarojini. Could you give a brief introduction about yourself? My name is Debia Sarojini and I am twenty-one years old. I am pursuing my Bachelor degree in Engineering in Bangalore, Karnataka.  21, living in Bangalore. I’m from Arunachal Pradesh.  What got you started? From the time that I was a child, I sketched and painted all the time. I probably started it as a hobby and as the years went by, I continued doing it not realising that my hobby had transformed into this passion. “It’s important to be passionate about what you do. It keeps you going..” What initially sparked your interest in this field? My mother has been my pillar of support and strength. Like I mentioned earlier, I started sketching at an early age and my mother encouraged …

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“We Can Be As Free As We Want To be – Through Our Imagination” | Meet Artist & Illustrator, Tekalong Longkumer

Don’t we all agree that art is such a beautiful medium of reading into the minds of people? All you need to do is spend some time going over an artist’s work, and you can get a good idea about the thoughts and the mood of the creator – spend some more time, and sometimes you can even see a piece of their life story; even the way an onlooker interprets an artwork can be pretty revealing. Given the fact that we are endlessly fascinated by people and their stories, an artist’s portfolio is gold! From the experienced to the newbie, there is an ocean of emotions and stories to be uncovered. We live for such discoveries. So once again, over a weekend catchup over tea, we came across some refreshing artwork on Facebook that somehow brightened our day with it’s pure energy and calmness. We reached out to the artist to know more about him and his art, and it was indeed a refreshing chat. Meet Tekalong Longkumer from Nagaland – a 20 year old …

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My Experimentations with Film Photography and Stop-Motion | Pravesh Hingmang from Gangtok, Sikkim

It’s not very often that one comes across new age (digital) photographers who are deeply interested in film photography. According to a recent TIME article, companies synonymous with film cameras like Fujifilm and Kodak have been forging a comeback on observing a positive trend globally. It mentions how young and bold professional photographers who grew up with digital are falling in love with the magic of film photography. Our new talent discovery, Pravesh Hingmang from Gangtok, Sikkim is a professional photographer, and founder of “Hidden Frames” who has done some lovely experimentations with film photography. Today we chat with him to know more about him and his work Hi Pravesh, tell us a bit about yourself I am Pravesh Hingmang and am 28 years old. I’m from Gangtok, but I’m currently based out of New Delhi. I came to Delhi to pursue my higher education in 2009 and have been here even after I graduated from Hindu college. I pursue hobbies in a variety of areas. I love singing, performing magic, collecting old film cameras and of course photography. At …

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This Artistic Girl-Duo from Hong Kong Are Our Favourite Florists on Instagram

  Carefully arranged pictures of pretty flowers on Instagram have become blooming works of art since a few years. Come winter and indoor hobbies like flower arrangements serve as an inspiration to the millions of us trying to create beauty for our own Hygge-inspired lives. A minimalistic Gerbera arrangement melds into a portrait of a woman ready for a Bohemian winter with an Icelandic wool knitted headband. Tiny Callistemon fruit branches and long stems of Chinese Ixora used innovatively as installation art on a terrace garden. A Van Gogh inspired Vincent Blue bouquet. A lone Gerbera lights up a meal at home shared with friends and family. These are just a few of the stunning floral art captured on Moonshinefolk’s Instagram, that recently caught the eye of one of our curators. Moonshinefolk is an art project started by the creative duo, Manki Lai and Helen Cheung. “Our common interest in flowers brought us together,” says Manki. Helen is a copywriter who was learning flower arrangement at the time Moonshine was conceived. Manki is a graphic designer who loves …

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Defying Society’s Beauty Standards with Art: Thokchom Sony | Visual Artist | Imphal & New Delhi

  There is a common saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  That idea is further complicated when we look at it through the eyes of different cultures that exist today. In today’s globalized world, culture, race, and media intersect to create an idea of beauty that is admired by a collective and not an individual. Pop media and artists today have a bigger responsibility to open the world’s eyes to what today’s beauty standards are and what they need to be. We speak with visual artist Thokchom Sony on the importance of showcasing cultural importance in art. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a 29-year-old visual artist from Imphal and am currently based in New Delhi.  I have lived in the south of Delhi for the last 10 years, where my career has continued to grow. This is where I’ve regained a sense of self-assurance. I have attained a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Jamia Millia Islamia Institute and I have a postgraduate diploma in visual effects and animation …

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A Chat With The Painter Who Puts His Mind and Soul on Canvas: Bonzer Muivah from Nagaland

  “At the end of the day, my mind is all colored picture-perfect on canvas.” Bonzer Muivah is an artist/illustrator from Nagaland who thought he couldn’t pursue a serious career as an artist. Today, his artworks are a testament to the fact that sometimes trusting your gut feeling and just going for it can be quite rewarding. Bonzer’s core theme around his art is strongly based on preserving the rich Naga culture and tradition. We interviewed the artist to gain insight into his artistic mind and find out why he considers the horn symbol as one of his biggest influences in his artworks Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Bonzer Muivah. I was born and brought up in Mon, Nagaland, Northeast India. I graduated with a  Fine Art degree from College of Art, Delhi University and I am currently based in New Delhi. Introduce us to your work. On what themes are they based on? My work is mostly painting and illustrations. They are based strongly on culture, ethnic and tribalism. A lot of my artwork also …

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Doodling for Delight: A Doodle Artist and Her Assorted Journey So Far | Meet Rinchin Choden from Shillong

  Bonded to art by sheer fate, here’s a conversation with a budding artist from Shillong, who doodles her way out to find the inspiration she has always wanted. Meet Rinchin Choden, a doodle artist from Arunachal Pradesh, living her dream amidst the other creative talents of Shillong and creating  an art form that’s a part of her now. Let’s hear what she has to say about her journey till now. From Arunachal to Shillong, how did your journey start? I came over to Shillong for college. It was a three years degree course but luckily right after graduation, I bagged a job as an intern at a design studio. So I decided to stick around and now the love affair between me and Shillong has spanned for 12 years. Your have a great collection of doodle art, tell us something about it. How did you get started as an artist? Thanks! Strangely, I was never an art lover, till I started doodling in 2016 out of sheer boredom and fell completely in love with …

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Psychedelic Art and Amusement With Visual Artist/ Musician: Sachin Bhatt from Bangalore

  Visual artist and musician, Sachin Bhatt is an indie art lover’s best-kept secret.  Bhatt is a young talent who, like many artists, is on a constant quest of finding himself and his place in the world. Bhatt’s art and music shines through this process of deliberation, where he is on his own picking pieces off of his busy mind, but equally, in relation to other people and their nuances, he is confronted with. Here’s how he does it. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Sachin Bhatt, but I go by @bhattchin over Instagram. I’m a 19-year-old musician and visual artist studying at Srishti School of Design, Bangalore.  I’ve been illustrating ever since I can remember and I’ve never really stopped doing that. What actually sparked your interest in art? I’m a musician as well and I’ve been making art based on music for ages. I’ve absorbed a lot of pop culture and I love showing it through my art. Tell us about your art and how do you work on it? So, I work with a …

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“The human mind never stops thinking; it’s why we run upstairs after turning off the lights at night!”: Thej Yhome | Digital Manga Artist from Nagaland

  A very few of us know the fact that our favorite ’90s cartoon series “The Jungle Book”, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, was an anime. That was the start of our fascination with anime and we didn’t even know what it was! Eventually, Shinchan and Doraemon made their way to Indian TV sets, but the Japanese comic art form called ‘manga’ is yet to enjoy its fair share of popularity in the country. That’s why, Naga artist and manga illustrator, Thejakhrienuo Yhome’s work deserves more attention. Tell us a little bit about yourself My name is Thejakhrienuo Yhome, but I go by Thej Yhome. I’m 23 and work as a digital artist in Kohima, Nagaland. Right now, I’m enjoying the freedom of a gap year student and freelancing as an artist at home. What got you started? I enjoy telling stories and I love narrating them through comics and animation. But I also work on illustrations and other commissioned artwork. What initially sparked your interest in this field? I became fascinated with Japanese anime, especially Pokemon …